Big Tibble, Big Tease

07.31.2009 | 2:36 pm

A Note About Susan from Fatty: Susan is showing — once again — how tenacious she can be. She’s begun drinking again — water, Gatorade, and Guarana Antarctica are her favorites — and is talking more. The doctor has said he’s just amazed at how resilient and strong she is. And I am too.

Big Tease

I recently gave you a clue about the next big Fat Cyclist fundraiser for the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was a very difficult clue: “the prize will rhyme with “Orbea Orca with a Shimano Dura-Ace Di2 build.”

Well, are you ready for your second clue? The prize will look very much like this (click the bike to see a larger version):


Oh, OK. I know these clues are too hard. I am actually going to be giving away an Orbea Orca (or Orbea Diva, winner’s choice) with a Shimano Di2 build.

That’s a $9,600 bike, people.

And you know what? The contest begins this Tuesday. So you might want to check in then for details.

Including the story of why and how I am giving away the most insanely delicious bike ever given away by anyone.

Big Tibble

For years, I have talked about Tibble, describing it as the best trail in the world. And now, finally, I have video from earlier this week of a group of friends and me riding this trail. I just couldn’t compress that much wonderfulness into a one-song video, so I went with two songs. I hope you’ll understand.

I don’t know about you, but I could watch this video over and over.

In fact, I’m going to go watch it again right now.


  1. Comment by dug | 07.31.2009 | 2:41 pm

    i look like i’m wearing a white/plaid parachute.

    when is one of you’s guys going to set me straight about the plaid shorts? do you not care at ALL?

  2. Comment by Jamieson | 07.31.2009 | 2:42 pm

    First! (hat tip to BSNYC) Great news onSusan and can’rt wait to get home to see the video.

  3. Comment by Helena | 07.31.2009 | 2:51 pm

    I’m digging the plaid shorts. Should I not be?

  4. Comment by jwbikes | 07.31.2009 | 2:55 pm

    The plaid will at least give the searchers something to look for.

    Great news about Susan!


  5. Comment by annainaspen | 07.31.2009 | 2:55 pm

    That’s such great news about Susan! Win Susan!

    What an awesome ride! Love the music as always.
    You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  6. Comment by Bridget | 07.31.2009 | 2:57 pm

    Is there really a pair of shorts and bike seat that are comfortable enough to “protect your junk” from all those rocks and roots?

    Wow. I’d be standing all the while!

    Still praying for Susan and your family.

  7. Comment by SkiMoab (Dave) | 07.31.2009 | 2:58 pm

    I’m so amped, another wonderful reason you’ve given us to contribute to the cause.

    And again, I WILL climb Tibble sometime this year, i just never knew any sane person could (assuming you all are).

  8. Comment by sherry | 07.31.2009 | 2:59 pm

    Susan is just one of those people I think about every day. Glad it was a good one.

    And that trail….woah!

  9. Comment by ann | 07.31.2009 | 3:02 pm

    perseverance all around.

  10. Comment by Brandy | 07.31.2009 | 3:03 pm

    heck of a prize Fatty.

    WIN Susan

  11. Comment by Angie G | 07.31.2009 | 3:04 pm

    Dug- I’m with Helena. Embrace your uniqueness. You rocked the descent. The fact that you did it in plaid just makes it that much more impressive!

    Fatty- I am ecstatic to hear Susan is rallying. Win Susan, Win Susan!!!

    I now see how you have remained so sane through all of this. OMG!!!! What an awesome ride! The video was great and your right, it was definitely worth two songs. :-)

    I have been literally drooling over the Orbea Diva for a few months now. That would be a sic ride to bring to LiveStrong Austin. I can’t wait to see what challenges you have in store next!

  12. Comment by NW Bicyclist | 07.31.2009 | 3:05 pm

    GREAT news about Susan!

    omg omg omg omg…. I NEED that bike!!!!!!! It’s like my entire lifelong dream to ride a bike like that! Plz Plz Plz….

    WIN SUSAN!!!

  13. Comment by Gibbles T. Chimp | 07.31.2009 | 3:10 pm


  14. Comment by Chris | 07.31.2009 | 3:11 pm

    Looks great. How long of a trail is that?

  15. Comment by Jenni Laurita | 07.31.2009 | 3:16 pm

    I just collected money to start donating- Tuesday it is!

  16. Comment by regina | 07.31.2009 | 3:19 pm


  17. Comment by Rick S. | 07.31.2009 | 3:19 pm

    Social D is in my top 5 list. Nice choice.

    I’ll be by your house sometime on Sunday evening to steal the bike. Please make sure it has Speedplay pedals on it so I can ride it home.

    Thank you.

  18. Comment by fremont mike | 07.31.2009 | 3:23 pm

    I’m glad Susan is doing better. You’re in my thoughts and prayers every day.
    mike j

  19. Comment by Jennebelle | 07.31.2009 | 3:31 pm

    That was an amazing video! I live in the middle of the prairies so nothing anywhere around here. Do you ever see any animals, like deer or rabbits or anything? Do you ever get ticks going through all those trees and long grass?

    Excellent music selection too!

  20. Comment by breakaway9 | 07.31.2009 | 3:31 pm

    Nice I just hiked that trail with the family Monday evening….

  21. Comment by Kathleen@ForgingAhead | 07.31.2009 | 3:35 pm

    Hearing that Susan is doing even a tiny bit better just makes my day!

    And that bike? Let me at it.

    We are so going to kick cancer’s you know what!

  22. Comment by Canadian Roadie | 07.31.2009 | 3:35 pm

    Awesome vid, I really have to get down to Utah soon! Great to hear that Susan’s fighting hard – your family is in my thoughts always.
    Fight like Susan!

  23. Comment by Beth | 07.31.2009 | 3:35 pm

    wow……great trail….seeing as I am anything BUT a diva, I think I’d like to win the Orbea Diva; can you arrange that please ?

    Day at a time friend; best to you, Susan and the kids

  24. Comment by Justin | 07.31.2009 | 3:36 pm

    You know what, watching these videos actually makes me want to load my bike into the back of the truck and drive longer than the 20 minutes it takes me to get to Snowbasin to go for a ride. Awesome trails. Sanity.

  25. Comment by GenghisKhan | 07.31.2009 | 3:39 pm

    Funny thing about the Orca. I had one, but I gave it away for charity. No, wait. That’d be the Fat Cyclist–I’m the JEALOUS cyclist! Cool stuff for a Friday!

  26. Comment by Tasha the Triathlon Goddess | 07.31.2009 | 3:52 pm

    Whew, SO GLAD to hear the good news about Susan. You had me worried there with your silence. Any good news is a godsend! And….that’s a beautiful bike! Drool. You know….I’d *really* do such a pretty bike justice. I’m just sayin.’ ;-)

  27. Comment by Kris | 07.31.2009 | 3:53 pm

    I think i’m in love…with the Orbea, with the Tibble and with the idea that Susan is so strong…Win Susan!!!

  28. Comment by brokeMBA | 07.31.2009 | 3:55 pm

    Fantastic prize and great news about Susan. I’m ready to win that bike!

    Fatty, I sent a couple of emails with “improved” pictures of the bike to you because I can’t get photos to work on these comments from here at the office…Ooops, Back to work!

  29. Comment by bobbieh | 07.31.2009 | 4:38 pm

    WIN Susan!!!!!!!

  30. Comment by Haven (used to be Kt) | 07.31.2009 | 4:42 pm

    That’s great news about Susan. See, cancer doesn’t stand a chance with Fatty’s Army on the march. Or trail. Or road. You know what I mean.

    Great video– I’ve never mountain-biked, your videos make me want to try.

    WIN!! (I hope I do!)

  31. Comment by Mikeonhisbike | 07.31.2009 | 5:03 pm

    Can’t go wrong with laying down a Beasties track on your video. Nice selection.

  32. Comment by Hautacam | 07.31.2009 | 5:05 pm

    Sweet video as always. Maximum points for Fatty in the local trails competition. But would someone please tell the tall guy on the red full suspension bike to PLEASE get a bigger frame? He has what, about two feet of seatpost showing? Criminy! There are laws about indecent exposure, you know.

    Great news about Susan. You guys are amazing. All of you. Your whole dang family. I reserve judgment regarding the cat, since the cat has only been mentioned once, ever.

    Mind-boggling contest. I can’t wait to enter.

    There’s an idea — Maybe you can score a new, properly sized frame for the tall guy and auction off his old one for Team Fatty?

  33. Comment by duckie | 07.31.2009 | 5:15 pm

    so glad to hear about Susan!

  34. Comment by Phil | 07.31.2009 | 5:21 pm

    No doubt you already know how much support you have, but if you ever feel down. Try searching on Twitter for “Win Susan”, stay strong.
    Win Susan!

  35. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.31.2009 | 5:47 pm

    I watched this thing two or three times in a row when you posted it on Vimeo. Everything looks great but the roots challenge. That sort of thing turns me into a cyclocrosser pretty quick.

    Man, Fight Like Susan is really saying a lot. My best wishes and prayers to her, you and your family, Elden.

  36. Comment by Clydesteve | 07.31.2009 | 5:48 pm

    Oh, and the Orbea Orca is only the thing I have been drooling about for, oh, since they came out with them. EEnnnh.

  37. Comment by Aaron | 07.31.2009 | 5:52 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this since Wed morning. It didn’t disappoint. @2:00 = my 5 seconds of glory.

    Great news about Susan!

  38. Comment by Aaron | 07.31.2009 | 5:56 pm

    By the way, Hautacam, if anyone knows how to pick out a frame, I think it’s Racer. I’m sure he’ll appreciate the tip though.

  39. Comment by Bridget | 07.31.2009 | 6:13 pm

    Great news about Susan! I’ve been praying for her every day – several times a day.

  40. Comment by Becky | 07.31.2009 | 6:17 pm

    I miss Utah! Great job putting the footage together.

  41. Comment by Lucky | 07.31.2009 | 6:17 pm

    I notice your fellas struggling with that rooty section. You come on out to the east coast and we’ll show you how handle that stuff. Miles and miles of it.
    Great vid, Fatty!

  42. Comment by Paula Kirsch | 07.31.2009 | 6:26 pm

    Siusan will never give up, and neither should any of us. Win Susan, and thank you for exemplifying perseverance in the face of difficult, odds…


  43. Comment by Born 4 Lycra | 07.31.2009 | 6:57 pm

    Firstly great news for you and Susan every little win is important. Love ya Susan Keep fighting. WIN. I should add its great news for us also. I think it is Beth who reminds us it’s one day at a time and that is so true. It does get scary if their is a bit of a gap between your posts however it is also completely understandable.

    Now that is a class prize as recognised by an Orbea groupie. Get it on this one everybody as somebody is about to be elevated to superstar status amongst their peers. I’m sure they wil get the recognition from FC but someone somewhere has come up with a biggie for the cause.

    The video is great stuff.

    Team Fatty heading for $500k and more. We truly Rock!
    WIN Susan – Livestrong

  44. Comment by CeeCee | 07.31.2009 | 7:01 pm

    Gifts abound. I hope that you are all enjoying your time with Susan.

  45. Comment by Rantwick | 07.31.2009 | 7:57 pm

    Holy cow! What a perfect ride and trail! I envy you bad. I’m also very pleased to hear about Susan’s continued toughness. Ride on, Fatty.

  46. Comment by Aaron | 07.31.2009 | 8:16 pm

    I have GOT to ride that trail.
    And the bike will need some SPD’s on it, please.

  47. Comment by Sandy | 07.31.2009 | 8:30 pm

    I read your blog daily, and as it loads I hope for the best news about Susan but have myself prepared for the worst.

    I’m glad to see that she is still with you all.


  48. Comment by Miles Archer | 07.31.2009 | 10:00 pm

    How come everyone is waiting on you all the time?

  49. Comment by -George | 07.31.2009 | 10:41 pm

    Win, Susan!

  50. Comment by UltraRob | 07.31.2009 | 10:49 pm

    Glad to hear Susan is doing a bit better. I’m praying for all of you.

    We have some great riding here but your video nearly has me convinced to move there.

  51. Comment by Jouni | 07.31.2009 | 10:50 pm

    I don’t read the previous, cuz I’m Finnish. There, I said it.

    Totally and completely bad@$$ video.

    Just found out today that a good friend got diagnosed with breast cancer. Her husband (an awesome man) is serving in Kosovo until December. Am trying to send shouts to her while fighting back so many tears.


    Win…the small battles and the big ones…but win. Know that strong arms around you.

  52. Comment by MVSC | 07.31.2009 | 11:18 pm

    Tenacious D as in Diva – Go Susan!

  53. Comment by ~Kristi | 07.31.2009 | 11:38 pm

    So great to hear Susan is fighting, in so many ways…
    But……that trail does not look like fun at all. There’s rocks all over and it looks like skinned knees and elbows just waiting to happen. I’d much rather spend the day at the mall. :-)
    Your in my thoughts.

  54. Comment by Rob | 08.1.2009 | 1:37 am

    Fab news about Susan!!

    I can see why you ride so much now, what a cool ride………..

    Keep it up man!!

  55. Comment by Kevens64 | 08.1.2009 | 3:41 am

    Great ride and a fab looking breakfast at the end!

  56. Comment by Mike Roadie | 08.1.2009 | 5:06 am

    Plaid is the new black!

    WIN Susan!

    Someone help me fix my bike…. :-(

  57. Comment by BamaJim | 08.1.2009 | 7:06 am

    Thanks for making me feel bad about my local trails..

    Continuing to pray for Susan and the family.

  58. Comment by Johann | 08.1.2009 | 7:15 am

    Hang in there. The courage you’re all showing is tremendous

  59. Comment by Suz | 08.1.2009 | 7:46 am

    Many blessings upon you and your family. Your courage and kindness are inspiring.

  60. Comment by emd | 08.1.2009 | 7:56 am

    Awesome. Social Distortion and mountain biking. All the best.

  61. Comment by NEG | 08.1.2009 | 8:11 am

    Great news about Susan. Still praying.

  62. Comment by Chris Deacon | 08.1.2009 | 8:43 am

    What a great looking ride My friends and I have just come back from Normandy, great 4 days we also eat well.
    Chris (Bristol England)

  63. Comment by Linda | 08.1.2009 | 11:55 am

    Please tell Susan that Linda in California says, “Keep on fighting girl. You are absolutely amazing and your spirit is a testament to all of us.” As for the ride, Fatty, beautiful. I used to live near those parts and miss it nearly every day you lucky dog, you.

  64. Comment by justhomas | 08.1.2009 | 4:04 pm

    Watching Big Tibble is a Big Tease for me, with me having my broken arm and all…

  65. Comment by This guy | 08.1.2009 | 4:36 pm

    don’t be this guy. runs 14 red lights and takes pictures.

    i say do an article on him and make him an example of how NOT to act when riding a bike.

  66. Comment by cb | 08.1.2009 | 8:20 pm

    hey, sending lots of prayers for you & your kiddos…wishing good sleep at night & comfort & healing to you all. I hope your beautiful wife can be free soon. God bless you all!

  67. Comment by Denise | 08.2.2009 | 12:59 am

    Gorgeous bike! But you’d think for 9k it would include pedals! :)

  68. Comment by Janneke | 08.2.2009 | 1:54 am

    Good to hear about Susan!! Tibble is not for me I think, I’ll stick to the road. Fun to see others do it though.

    Fight Susan, Fight Like Susan Win!!!!

  69. Comment by eclecticdeb | 08.2.2009 | 10:36 am

    I love how many of your posse are outfitted in FC jerseys. I rode the Marin Century yesterday (a 60 mile ride through the Marin County hills) and was surprised to have a call out from a fellow FC jersey wearer. We’re out there — supporting you, Susan and your family every day.

    If I won that bike, I’d name her “Susan”. What other name could there be? Man, I’m drooling.

  70. Comment by VA Biker | 08.2.2009 | 5:48 pm

    I have officially resigned from mountain biking due to past and potential injury. That said, your video is incredibly inspiring. Clearly a LOT of fun (with some pain to start!). You guys descend like demons, regardless of the terrain.

    I still won’t throw the leg over the top tube of a mountain bike, but you give me pause. Thanks for sharing. Peace.

  71. Comment by Jamieson | 08.2.2009 | 6:39 pm


    The jerseys are out there!

  72. Comment by Kathy | 08.2.2009 | 8:29 pm

    I can understand not wanting to get too close to Dug’s plaid shorts :~)

    Like many others, my thoughts are often on you, Susan and the kids. So glad to hear that Susan is fighting.

    Fight like Susan; WIN Susan!

  73. Comment by ShellyChell | 08.2.2009 | 8:36 pm

    Hey Fattty! We love the updates on Susan, her struggles keep our lives in true perspective. God bless your family! Cherish every moment and write down as many memories as you can, (I wish I had written down more 6 years ago). Every moment is truly precious and can never be duplicated. Love to you and your family!

  74. Comment by Onan the Barbarian | 08.2.2009 | 10:33 pm

    “The jerseys are out there!”

    Oh hell yeah. I rock the Team Fatty on every ride.


  75. Comment by truman | 08.3.2009 | 8:57 am

    I passed a Fat Cyclist jersey in Fort Worth last week. Made me smile.

    The Orbea is mine.

  76. Comment by peter | 08.3.2009 | 1:35 pm

    Did you see Lance’s new horse for the Leadville 100. If we could get our hands on that after the race to auction off that would be amazing.

  77. Comment by Steve | 08.3.2009 | 9:26 pm

    Thanks for sharing the Tibble. I like the vittles at the end. Here’s a snippet of my “Tibble” less the good tunes. My thoughts are with you and your family.


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